Active Lifestyles: Why you should start hiking

Katy Mueller

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I have been super uninspired to run or lift weights lately. I feel like my exercise routine has become monotonous and a bit predictable. So, instead of running, I have been trying to hike more in the hills and mountains near me, and it has been amazing.

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The last few times I’ve gone out, it feels as if I’ve had more room to breathe. I am not surrounded by cars, streets, or other humans. It is just me, a few friends, beautiful trees, flowers and views. I get to chat with my friends and push myself in a completely natural, unpaved environment.

It occurred to me that I am not only tired of the act of running or lifting, I was also tired of being surrounded by a concrete jungle, always engulfed by exhaust fumes in the air, noises from man-made machinery, and a lack of nature. Being outdoors gives me a new form of exercise and refreshes my soul. I come back to my house feeling refreshed and happy to be there.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with your exercise routine, or maybe life in general, I encourage you to give hiking a try.

Collegian blogger Katy Mueller can be found at blogs@collegian.com or on Twitter @katymueller13